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How to Do the Thrive Diet

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Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Do the Thrive Diet
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Following vegan and raw food principles, the Thrive Diet eliminates all animal and processed foods from your diet in favor of other nutrient-dense foods. Because the focus is on healthy foods, you can lose weight following the diet, but always talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss plan to be sure it's right for you.

Origin of the Thrive Diet

The Thrive Diet is the brainchild of Brendan Brazier, whose qualifications include being a professional Iron Man thriathlete. The diet is based on eating vegan and raw foods as much as possible. Brazier's goal with the diet is to make healthy eating a way of life that will also allow individuals to improve their athletic performance and achieve mental clarity.

How It Works

The diet is designed to last for 12 weeks, but the premise is that you'll develop lifelong eating habits that encompass a vegan, plant-based eating plan. You can eat as much as you want on the Thrive Diet because the approved foods are all nutritious and nutrient-dense. Followers of the diet will eat several small meals throughout the day, as Brazier believes this help prevent hunger and regulate blood sugar.

What You Can Eat

Leafy greens are a key component to the Thrive Diet. In fact, Brazier recommends that you eat a leafy green salad each day or blend the greens into a smoothie. Fiber-rich vegetables, such as asparagus, green beans, peas, zucchini, carrots and celery, and fresh fruits are an important part of the Thrive Diet eating plan. Legumes, such as beans and lentils, sea vegetables, sweet potatoes, hemp, seeds, nuts, quinoa and green tea are also recommended parts of the diet.

What You Can't Eat

You can't eat any kind of meat, seafood or eggs on the Thrive Diet. Other animal foods, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream, are also off-limits. Caffeine isn't allowed either, so you'll need to skip sodas and caffeinated tea and coffee. You can't eat refined carbohydrates either, so you'll need to pass on white bread, white pasta, baked goods, crackers and other carb-heavy snacks. Exercise is also a major part of the diet, and proper pre- and post-exercise nutrition helps aid recovery and improve performance.

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